Philosophy of Mind (V7078)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

This module will examine the nature of the mind, employing the procedures of analytic philosophy. We will be concerned with the nature of thought and of mental representation, addressing such questions as the following. How are mental properties and physical properties related? Are beliefs and desires the causes of actions? Could we have thoughts even if there were no world? What grounds the authority we appear to have over claims about the contents of our own minds? How are we to understand the nature of consciousness ?


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


20%: Coursework (Essay)
80%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 26 hours of contact time and 124 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.